Diversity of art through a camera lens

Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award in second year

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Diversity of art through a camera lens The HIPA stand showcases a film of Sheikh Hamdan’s trip to Africa.
By  ITP.net Staff Writer Published  October 15, 2012

If you want to see something different from all the new e-services that governments have to offer, head over to the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award (HIPA). The booth showcases one of the biggest photography awards in the world with a film about a photography expedition to Africa.

“Each and every single human being on this earth is unique in his/her own special way,” says His Highness Sheikh Hamdan, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council for Dubai Government. “We are entrusted through this art to bridge the gaps between today’s societies for a noble and pleasant world.”

The award, which was launched in 2011, is currently in its second season and is divided into four categories. The Grand Prize in the ‘Beauty of Light’ category will be $120,000. The first prize in the ‘Beauty of Light’ category is $20,000, in the ‘General’ category is $14,000, and in the ‘Black and White’ and ‘Emirates’ categories is $16,000 each. Special awards include the Photography Appreciation Award for $20,000 and the Photographic Research/Report Award for $25,000. This brings the grand total of award prizes to $389,000 for the whole competition. French photographer Pierre Gable Auteur won the grand prize last year for $100,000.

The photographs contributed to the competition are presented in an exhibition format around the globe. From October 5-7 the HIPA photographs were displayed at the Kuala Lumpur Photography Festival 2012 in Malaysia.

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